Naomi is 16, and works with us at photography factory when she is off school pretty much as an equal member. Lets be honest age is irrelevant in a great picture, plus she has a sense of the social media space to rival the best new media agency analysts. All the newest trends are always playing out as only she predicts. Her detailed clear and analysis of youth culture on the internet is worth a million dollars to us and she is a key member of our team. More importantly her simple black and white photographic portraits are utterly brilliant, an evocation of sub suburban teenage life as seen though the eyes of a 15 (now 16) year old girl. But on the day of this slow motion test Naomi was not her normal beautiful smiling dry sarcastic self (think Juno with a camera). Recently she had a relationship with a Hollister lookalike boy end in an unfair way (what was ever fair about being 16?) and have to get it all dragged around the internet as the aftermath played out on FaceBook in a very modern and very public way. So in other words she was putting on a brave face. We all involved setting up the high speed camera and needed someone to stand in as a lighting dummy, When shooter one had the idea to getting someone to shake their hair around... and see how it might look at 2000 fps. Naomi stepped up to the plate and quite shocked us by the force and passion she used to whip. The beguiling result is here... if you look at here closely you can see something else:
Something about that action and the air swishing though her hair just seemed to change her mood, as if she had just tossed away the weight of an the old nightmare, something thick and heavy that had been clinging to her, but suddenly it was gone. As she was hair whipping for the camera, shooter one quietly said to himself:
"Go girl, shake that boy right out of your hair..."

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Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux

I don't know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every other part of my body is broken too. ~Missy Altijd

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. ~Oscar Wilde

When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. ~Dante

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together. ~Author Unknown

Love is like a puzzle. When you're in love, all the pieces fit but when your heart gets broken, it takes a while to get everything back together. ~Author Unknown

Maybe part of loving is learning to let go. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?
~John Suckling

As soon as forever is through, I'll be over you. ~Toto

Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. ~Eileen Mayhew

It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ~Colette

The heart is the only broken instrument that works. ~T.E. Kalem

Sometimes I wish I were a little kid again, skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts. ~Author Unknown

God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces. ~Author Unknown

What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you. ~Richard Wilbur

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ~Jean de La Fontaine

If we must part forever,
Give me but one kind word to think upon,
And please myself with, while my heart's breaking.
~Thomas Otway

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. ~Rosa Parks

With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence - o'er and o'er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
~Thomas Moore

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. ~Jan Glidewell

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. ~Author Unknown

You left, and my heart is a ceaseless sermon of loneliness. ~Jaesse Tyler

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey

I expanded with the joy of your love and presence but now that you're gone I just feel bloated. ~Carrie Latet

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. ~William Shakespeare, Othello

Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey

Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars. ~Violeta Parra

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950

"The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never, never forget!" "You will, though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it. ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, 1872

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. ~Harry Crews

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero

The flame of love is now just a cold loneliness. ~Uniek Swain

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around. ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, "Rock Bottom"

The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal. ~Astrid Alauda

Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point - that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative - self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it's a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them. ~Jennifer James

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. ~James Russell Lowell, "Cambridge Thirty Years Ago," Literary Essays

"Old times" never come back and I suppose it's just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better. ~George E. Woodberry

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. ~Alexander Graham Bell

I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It's dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
~Rupert Brooke

I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see.
~Edmund Spenser

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~Author Unknown

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. ~Author Unknown

My love-lies-bleeding. ~Thomas Campbell

Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me, I can't force myself to stop loving you. ~Author Unknown

I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. ~Charlie Brown

Let no one who loves be unhappy... even love unreturned has its rainbow. ~James Matthew Barrie

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1860

I'm holding a teardrop for a friend
Until his heartache and misery end.
~Jaesse Tyler

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~John Vance Cheney

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. ~Antoine Rivarol

To weep is to make less the depth of grief. ~William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth

It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears. ~Ovid

Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. ~Albert Smith

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen

It is such a secret place, the land of tears. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it. ~Samuel Johnson

I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering. ~Colette

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929

Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune. ~William McFee

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind

That was rough.... Thing to do now is try and forget it.... I guess I don't quite mean that. It's not a thing you can forget. Maybe not even a thing you want to forget.... Life's like that sometimes... Now and then for no good reason a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock him flat, slam him agin' the ground so hard it seems like all his insides is busted. But it's not all like that. A lot of it's mighty fine, and you can't afford to waste the good part frettin' about the bad. That makes it all bad.... Sure, I know - sayin' it's one thing and feelin' it's another. But I'll tell you a trick that's sometimes a big help. When you start lookin' around for something good to take the place of the bad, as a general rule you can find it. ~From the movie Old Yeller

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John Aughey

In jealousy there is more self-love than love. ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665

A show of envy is an insult to oneself. ~Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today. ~Brendan Francis

This film is dedicated to my friend Anthony...when going though hell...keep going. A

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